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Lankan troops to overcome conflict stress through meditation

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

The over 3 lakh-strong Sri Lankan army, a majority of them Buddhists, are set to receive meditation lessons to overcome stress in the post conflict phase.

Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera of the Army's media directorate said a foundation stone is to be laid tomorrow for a new meditation residential facility for the troops.

"We have been often asked the question if the soldiers only receive arms training. This programme would help the troops gain spiritual upliftment," Jayaweera said.

The centre located north of the capital Colombo in district of Gampaha would accommodate 100 troops at a time, Jayaweera said.

The meditation centre for the troops will be the first of its kind in Asia, Jayaweera added.

Sri Lankan military defeated the LTTE in 2009, ending its three-decades-old fight to create a separate Tamil homeland in the northern and eastern provinces.

Over 300,000 strength of the three forces are now deployed mostly in rebuilding the war devastated infrastructure.

First Published: Wed, June 25 2014. 19:08 IST